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Walks for Kids

You’ll never be short of a place to go for a fun family walk or hike anywhere in New Zealand.

Some points to remember:

  • Weather in New Zealand can be extremely changeable, especially in the mountains - be prepared with warm gear and some form of rain protection, especially on longer walks.

  • Kids can tire quickly. Be prepared with snacks and drinks. Hydrate well, and snack early and often.

  • Don’t get overly ambitious when it comes to length of walks, especially with smaller kids.

DoC has the Kiwi Guardian Program to help get kids interested in the outdoors.

Ackers Point Walk

Amble on road & track (8km / 3hrs return)

Cape Reinga

Where the Tasman & Pacific collide

Cook's Cove Walkway

Easy walk north of Gisborne (2-3hrs return)

Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain Walk

Hill climb for glorious views near Wanaka (3hrs)

Hokitika Gorge Walk

Turquoise waters & swingbridges (1hr)

Hooker Valley Track

Valley track to glacier lake below Mt Cook (3-4hrs)

Lake Hayes Walkway

Gorgeous walk near Queenstown (3hrs)

Lake Matheson Walk

Reflections of Mt Cook near Fox Glacier (1.5hrs)

Lake Sylvan Track

Beech forest walk in Routeburn Valley (2hrs)

Mt Eden

Auckland's highest volcano

One Tree Hill

Views from the top in Cornwall Park

Paparoa NP & 'Pancake Rocks'

Layered rocks & blowholes at Punakaiki

Queenstown Hill Time Walk

Moderate hike from town (2-3hrs)

Rangitoto Summit Track

Climb Auckland's youngest volcano (2hrs return)

Rob Roy Track

Walk to foot of the glacier (4-5hrs return)

Sandfly Bay Walk

Wildlife on Otago Peninsula (1.5-2hrs return)

Sawpit Gully Track

Scenic hike behind Arrowtown (3hrs)

Shallow Bay Walk

Enjoyable flat walk; good for families (3hrs)

Tunnel Beach Track

Dunedin adventure for families (1-2hrs)

Tane Mahuta & Waipou Forest

Visit 'the lord of the forest'

Waitakere Ranges

Short walks close to Auckland city

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

Paved trail along the coast (3hrs)

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Donnie Ray Jones